Tuesday, August 17, 2004

AAZAADI

15th August was on Sunday and I lost one day of chutti. Can u believe one day of masti gone into the drain??? Shit!! Shit!!
Woke up late because had boozed on saturday night!!! Ate maggie and forced DIPU to make coffee around 11 AM. Thanks DIPU !
The day was full of activity.....
We also put up THE TRICOLOUR on the appartment entrance to show our patriotism. Uncle Rao who lives in flat number 6 was very excited and asked "Who is the nationalist leader among you all??" Does anyone need to be a leader to show his patriotism?? I said some crap to him, we always put up flag in the hostel so we put here.. Wanted to slap him though !!!
Afternoon was fun. Shifted one of my friends stuff from PG flat to an appartment. My god girls have so much stuff. I could not belive it. She had like tons and tons and tons of stuff. She had some 6 bags; two boxes for computer; five small bags which had some asthama giving teddies; small teddy - big teddy... and tons and tons of Sheets and Papers and two suitcases. thats all i can rememeber. She is fashion designer and had done some amazing work of art, i saw her porfolio that day, sort of Final year project at Engineering.
Around 5 thought of catching some friends at Barista and lost my way. Then rushed to Spencer Plaza to waste time. Ate pau-bhaji and tons of marwari chatar-matar. Thinking of growing a belly in 2 months flat. The way I am progressing, I will surely be successful. Bloody no excersie in my routine.
around 10 PM rushed to IIT to see the hockey match... India Vs Holland... Bastards at IIT were not showing the match... Went to Ganga hostel, janta watching some stupid national geographic... Went to Jam, lost my way could not find the common room (Dean has converted IIT hostels into live Civil Engineering Projects for final year students) Reached Alakh and was amazaed to see janta wating in anticipation for the match to start. English Premier League though. Arsenal vs some team, didnt bother them.. Ran to Cauvery hostel... bastards watching HBO... Ran to Krishna hostel dogs and gults watching Chiranjeevi movie together...
Ultimately called Harvinder ( I had some 7 buks in my prepaid card but still called, this is patriotism) He said India 1-zuk down, was watching the match at some friends place , come as fast as u can( as if i was going to save India) Infact I was driving fast... some how reached his place... India lost 3-1... good fight, stupid errors and we lost... nothing new !!!
came back home... crashed... had to go to office next morning...
Well is this the way we celebrate Independence Day???

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Friday, August 13, 2004

MATRIX Reloaded (2003)

There was one conversation in this movie which took me a great time to understand. The conversation towards the end between the Architect of the Matrix and Neo. Here it is for the people who want to just have their fundes cleared.

The Architect: Hello, Neo.
Neo: Who are you?
The Architect: I am the Architect. I created the Matrix. I've been waiting for you. You have many questions, and although the process has altered your consciousness, you remain irrevocably human. Ergo, some of my answers you will understand, and some of them you will not. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.
Neo: Why am I here?
The Architect: Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision. While it remains a burden assiduously avoided, it is not unexpected, and thus not beyond a measure of control. Which has led you, inexorably, here.
Neo: You haven't answered my question.
The Architect: Quite right. Interesting. That was quicker than the others.
The Architect: The first matrix I designed was quite naturally perfect. It was a work of art. Flawless. Sublime. A triumph only equaled by its monumental failure.

The Architect: The function of the One is now to return to the source, allowing a temporary dissemination of the code you carry, reinserting the prime program. After which you will be required to select from the matrix 23 individuals, 16 female, 7 male, to rebuild Zion. Failure to comply with this process will result in a cataclysmic system crash killing everyone connected to the matrix, which coupled with the extermination of Zion will ultimately result in the extinction of the entire human race.
Neo: You won't let it happen, you can't. You need human beings to survive.
The Architect: There are levels of survival we are prepared to accept. However, the relevant issue is whether or not you are ready to accept the responsibility for the death of every human being in this world.
Neo: Choice, the problem is choice.
The Architect:It is interesting reading your reactions. Your five predecessors were, by design, based on a similar predication: a contingent affirmation that was meant to create a profound attachment to the rest of your species, facilitating the function of the One. While the others experienced this in a general way, your experience is far more specific. Vis-à-vis: love.
Neo: Trinity.
[the monitors show images of Trinity]
The Architect: Apropos, she entered the Matrix to save your life at the cost of her own.
Neo: No...
The Architect: Which brings us at last to the moment of truth, wherein the fundamental flaw is ultimately expressed, and the Anomaly revealed as both beginning... and end.

The Architect: As I was saying, she stumbled upon a solution whereby nearly ninety-nine percent of the test subjects accepted the program provided they were given a choice - even if they were only aware of it at a near-unconscious level. While this solution worked, it was fundamentally flawed, creating the otherwise contradictory systemic anomaly, that, if left unchecked, might threaten the system itself. Ergo, those who refused the program, while a minority, would constitute an escalating probability of disaster.
Neo: This is about Zion.
The Architect: You are here because Zion is about to be destroyed. Its every living inhabitant terminated, its entire existence eradicated.
Neo: Bullshit. [The monitors respond the same]
The Architect: Denial is the most predictable of all human responses. But, rest assured, this will be the sixth time we have destroyed it, and we have become exceedingly efficient at it.

The Architect: Humph. Hope, it is the quintessential human delusion, simultaneously the source of your greatest strength, and your greatest weakness.
Neo: If I were you, I would hope we don't meet again.
The Architect: We won't.

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Thursday, August 12, 2004

MOVIE QUOTES !!!

From The Matrix (1999)
"Morpheus to Neo : I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it."
- I cant explain what it means but i think it means "THINK DIFFERENTLY"
"Morpheus to Neo: There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."
- I cant explain this but will try "You know what you have to do, but to do that you have to go ahead and do that not just sit back"
Matrix is one movie which says a lot and hits you really really hard. I wish that the 2nd and 3rd part had more ideas than just being sequels.
From Forrest Gump (1994)
"Lieutenant Dan: Have you found God yet, Gump? Forrest Gump: I didn't know I was supposed to be looking for him."
- God is in you, you need not go out and serach for him
"Forrest Gump: I'm not a smart man, but I know what love is. "
-You need not be smart to be in love, you jst need to be in love, thats all.
From THE GOOD-THE BAD-THE UGLY (long back)
[Tuco is in a bubble bath. The One Armed Man enters the room.]
One Armed Man: I've been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.[Tuco kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam.]
Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
- When u have to do something just do it dont say I want to do this and I want to do that
Blondie: Two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We're gonna have to earn it.
-Some attitude this guy "Clint Eastwood" has !!!
AUSTIN POWERS: The Spy Who Shagged Me (not so long back)
1. I wish you were a door so I could bang you all day long.
2. (Lick finger and wipe on her shirt).... Let's get you out of these wet clothes.
3. Nice legs...what time do they open?
4. Do you work for UPS? I thought I saw you checking out my package.
5. You've got 206 bones in your body, want one more?
6. Can I buy you a drink or do you just want the money?
7. I may not be the best looking guy in here, but I'm the only one talking to you.
8. I'm a bird watcher and I'm looking for a Big Breasted Bed Thrasher, have you seen one?
9. I'm fighting the urge to make you the happiest woman on earth tonight.
10. Wanna play army? I'll lay down and you can blow the hell outta me.
TITANIC (1997)
Old Rose: A woman's heart is a deep ocean of secrets. But now you all know there was a man named Jack Dawson, and that he saved me, in every way that a person can be saved.
-Women indeeed know how to keep secrets. Winking!!
Terminator 2 - Judgement Day !! (1992)
1. The Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby.
2. The Terminator: Stay here, I'll be back.
3. The Terminator: I'm a cybernetic organism: living tissue over a metal endoskeleton.
4. The Terminator: My C.P.U. is a neural-net processor--a learning computer.
5. The Terminator: I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.Biker: You forgot to say please.
6.The Terminator: A mimetic poly-alloy. John Connor: What the Hell does that mean? The Terminator: Liquid metal.
- Some dialogs man. I wish I was also born as a cybernetic organism in my next life and I could crush the human skulls with my left hand (Trying to think like Calvin as in the comics of Calvin & Hobbes)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
1. Bruce Nolan: Where are you going? God: Vacation. Bruce Nolan: God can't take vacation! God: Ever hear of the dark ages?
- I think he has taken a vacation now, just see how chaotic the world has become.
2.Bruce Nolan: How do you make someone love you without changing free will? God: Welcome to my world.
-I know that very well. You can never make anyone fall in love. You can just..... I dont know what to say... its like, you can always fall in love but you can never make the other person fall in love. Love just happens man.
3.Bruce Nolan: Behind every great man.. is a woman rolling her eyes
-Really??? What do the girls say???

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Jersey NO 2

I have played hockey nearly all my life. From playing in school games to Kendriya Vidyalaya National games to Inter University in Punjab to Inter IIT, the game has always been with me.
I have around 15 Stitches on my body and few on my face also. But this is what I like to do the most. I have played in every possible position ; from left back to centerhalf to right-in to left out everyplace except golie. Right now I don't even have time to go to the field, what talk about playing.
The Indian Hockey is not doing great since the day Astroturf or Synthetic Turf came in. We have done good in patches but we are not playing like Holland or Germany or Australia. Why is it so?? Where is the problem?? I feel so sad when some one says " WHY THE HELL ARE YOU PLAYING HOCKEY , WE HAVEN'T HAVE HAD A MEDAL SINCE 1972; AND WE WON GOLD IN MOSCOW BECAUSE THERE WERE JUST 6 TEAMS OF THE STANDARD OF CUBA AND NIGERIA "
Does Indian hockey need a change?? Why are we not winning any tournament at world level?? Why have we never come better than 3rd in Champion's Trophy?? Why doesn't that sonofabitch KPS Gill resign if Indians are not playing well, why does he always have to sack the coaches?? Is he also not responsible for team's bad performance??
Every 4 years , as the summer Olympics approach and the eyes of all the Indians focus on the Hockey Field rather than the regular Cricket field. Changes are coming in Indian hockey scene, where we are going to have a Hockey League from October this year( 12 teams in A league and 12 teams in B league), foreign coaches taking few camps, Indians going abroad for training, etc. But the main problem, I think is providing infrastructure of Astroturf and basic training facilities for everyone and bringing out new talents.
There are players from Madras , Bombay and Punjab who make the bulk of the team at present. Why are there no players from Calcutta or Delhi or Banglore or say Guwahati?
We need to make plans, say in next 7 years this is to be done. Focus on Olympics in 2016 not just the next Olympics.
I have a few plans. Here they are!!!
There are 6 very big cities in India; Bombay , Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, Banglore and Hyderabad; each city should have 3 playing fields, and 6 half fields. There will be major 4 tournaments every year, namely Summer Super Challenge - Autumn Super Challenge - Winter super Chalenge - Spring Super Challenge. Every month there will be 6-a-side Knockout Tournament on the half fields. Teams must have atleast 3 players less than 23 years age and no tournaments in the months when the Challenges take place. This will bring out major talents every 3 months.
Now for installing these facilities we need money. Each full hockey field needs 2 crores ( if u want to build sitting arena also) and half field needs around 60 to 70 lacs. Ask the big companies to pool in, ask the government to give tax exception to these companies. Every company has a lot of black money they want to make good use of and show off that they have done something for the country. Any number of companies can come in for donations. They take care of the tournaments also if they want to. They can bring in their own teams. They can own players and can do the dealings with players, like it happens in English Premier League. But they have to pay royalty to IHF.
In India there are around 15 big cities excluding the metros. Every city will have 2 Full Hockey Fields and 3 half fields. Cities like Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandihgarh, Amritsar, Pune, Guwahati, Imphal, already have one field each.
There will be 2 major tournaments every year, namely Summer Mini Challenge and Winter Mini Challenge. There must be 5 players of less than 23 years in each team. Players playing in the Super Challengers can not play in these tournaments. Also they would not like to because money wise these tournaments would not be profitable for them.
There will be Weekly Knock out tournaments on the 3 half fields, kids tournament on the first weekend of the month, sub-junior tournaments on the second weekend of the month, junior tournament on the 3rd weekend of the month and senior tournament on the last weekend of the month. Money??? Half from corporate houses and half from the governments.
Now India has around 350 districts and hockey would be played in around 150 districts and we take out 15 cities and 6 metros so we need to take care of around 130 districts where hockey is played and there is potential of player going on to play at the International level. Govenrment will pool in in 75 % of the money and rest from local groups. The MPs of these places need to see that the plan is implemented in one year (from the date of starting) or they would not be eligible for standing in the next elections.
One major tournament every year, along with monthly tournaments. This would bring in regular in flow of new talent. Every stadium can be leased to the corporate houses and they can make as much money they want from these tournaments.
Holland has around 400 half and full fields. Indoor stadiums and outdoor stadiums. Stadiums with no sitting space also. Providing infrastructure to everyone has been their aim since 1970s and in 1996 they won their 1st Hockey Gold and in Sydney 2000 they won their second gold. That took more than 20 years for Holland to reach this height.
Dedication, devotion and proper planning that's what is needed now in India also. Bring in foreign coach for atleast 2 years and let him hand pick his team and assure him that no one will poke his nose in the way of his dealing with the team. Indian Cricket team appointed its first foreign coach for the worldcup in 1996 and it the results are coming in now. It has taken nearly a decade for the results to come.
Some Retired Police officer cannot run the IHF like a head master of the school. Mr. K.P.S "Dog" Gill please leave the IHF in the hands of ex-Olympians and players who know the sport better than you and you can take a hike and pinch the butt of your female officers.
I wish, I can do something for the sport I love the most rather than just writing this.
Virdi ( 2 ; that was the jersey number I wore when I played for the last time)

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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

29th July 2002 to 30th July 2004

how can just a few 700 odd days change a person completely? live example is Bhavdeep Singh Virdee...

IIT Madras brought drastic changes in me.... things like Shashtra, Saarang, MBA dept, Inter IIT, Cauvery hostel, 24 Hrs lab, LSG, extra mural lectures, saturday movie at OAT, the jungle called campus, everyone in my MBA Batch, night cricket, night hockey, night footer, my core group, people introducing me to metal bands-pink floyd, etc etc... everything played a big part in the way i look towards life... not to forget the hardworking dhobi...

on the day of convocation Prof. Ramachandran , from Univ of California , San Diego said : Try to be near passionate people and there should be passion in what ever you do....

very true.. how can you do a thing just for the heck of doing it? untill and unless you dont do it religiously there is no fun doing what you do.... if your work becomes your hobby then wah kya kehna.... and work is your karma.... Krishan says to Arjun "KARM KIYE JA FAAL KI CHINTA MAAT KAR... "

you should believe in yourself before you do something..... most of the times we wait for someone else to tell us "yes man you can do it".... but i think its more important for us to believe in ourselves before we do anything....

Prof L.S.Ganesh will be the biggest influence for the next what ever years is left in my life... he has given some great gyan.... i can never forget his synergy fundas... i was one of the last fellows to be campus placed and he used to tell me everytime "VIRDEEEE DONT WORRY PA, WE WILL DO SOMETHING PA".... he is tremendous source of energy... i dont understand where does he get all this energy from.... he has single handedly taken the MBA programme from nothing to a place where one can say that IIT Madars MBA is rocking maacha... the dedication and devotion he has shown towards this programme is phenomenal....

IIT Madras taught me two great things believing in myself and resoning.... as Don Vito Corleone says : Reason it out! why should i do this ? why am i doing this? find the reason behind everything.... hope i will get answers to few things very soon.... till then i can blog...

one thing which i can never forget is that THE FRIENDSHIP WHICH I GOT AND I WILL CHERISH IT ALL MY LIFE.... thankyou friends....

IIT Madras also taught me to close the doors and windows when you are going out of the house... bastards monkeys in campus.... they had given so much pain at the wrong place... you can never ever think of leaving your room open, else my ancestors think "this is our property" without even a second thought.....

so on 30th july 2004 when we had our convocation, i was thankful to everyone at IIT and to GOD for giving me the opportunity to know nicer people on earth....

thankyou....

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